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Idea Generation/Next: College Edition, Social Innovation Final Pitch Event

What: Idea Generation/ Next: College Edition Final Pitch Event and Winner Selection
When: Monday, January 15, 2018 from 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Where: Duke Energy for the Performing Arts Center – 2 E South St., Raleigh, NC 27601
Who: This event is presented by United Way of the Greater Triangle, The Institute, and the Triangle Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee. It is open to the public and is part of the Triangle’s MLK Day celebration.
Photo Opps: Pitches with visuals, MC and keynote speakers, and awards presentation Details: United Way of the Greater Triangle has partnered with The Institute and six area colleges: North Carolina Central University, Meredith College, Shaw University, Saint Augustine’s University, Wake Technical Community College, and William Peace University; to challenge their students to come up with ideas to address social issues they believe are the most urgent. This social innovation challenge, Idea Generation Next, can help answer, “Where do we go from here?”— ideas to make their communities more vibrant places to live is a way to move forward with pride and purpose.

After an initial pitch, 19 semi-finalists went through months of coaching and skill development. The pool of ideas has been narrowed to six finalists. On Monday, January 15th, immediately following the MLK Memorial Day March, the finalists will pitch their innovative ideas to a distinguished panel of judges including: Nate Spilker, Citrix; Darryl Lester, HindSight Consulting; Teia Evans, Carolina Common Enterprise; Kelsey Pasley, Accenture Technology; and Destiny Alexander, The Tassel is Worth the Hassle (2017 Idea Generation/Next winner).

The finalists and their pitch ideas include:

  • Brandon Gray, Saint Augustine’s University for Vybez
  • Jovita Lee, Meredith College for A Second Chance;
  • Omari Hunt, North Carolina Central University for The 7-Day Plan Project;
  • Jordyn Weaver, North Carolina Central University for The Black Market Company;
  • Tyler Walker, North Carolina Central University for Education to Occupation Pipeline;
  • Shafi Goodwin, William Peace University for Essential Home Items

The emcee is Farad Ali, President and CEO of The Institute. Eric Guckian, President and CEO of United Way of the Greater Triangle will talk about the role of innovation in community change. The keynote address will be delivered by the Reverend Chalice Overy, Director of Ministries at Baptist Grove Church and the MLK All Children’s Choir will perform.
Contests will be competing for a prize pool of $30,000 and a People’s Choice Award will be voted on by the audience.


Media Contacts:

Stacy Shelp
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
United Way of the Greater Triangle

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